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Russian, Ukrainian FMs discuss humanitarian aid to south-east Ukraine — Russia FM

August 15, 2014, 20:04 UTC+3
Sergei Lavrov and Pavlo Klimkin noted the need for a more urgent and responsible participation of international structures engaged in fulfilling a humanitarian aid mission in south-east Ukraine
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MOSCOW, August 15. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian, Ukrainian foreign ministers discussed practical issues related to humanitarian aid to people in south-east Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry said after telephone talks between the two ministers on Friday. Sergei Lavrov and Pavlo Klimkin noted the need for a more urgent and responsible participation of international structures engaged in fulfilling a humanitarian aid mission in south-east Ukraine.

There are reports about direct threats for the use of force against Russian humanitarian aid convoy for south-east Ukraine, the ministry said.

“Reports are coming that a sabotage group of punitive battalion Aidar plans to mine some sections of roads in the Luhansk region in order to destroy a humanitarian aid convoy and personnel guarding it and then accuse militia of terrorist activity,” the diplomatic agency said.

On Friday, the Russian foreign minister has also had a telephone conversation with German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The Russian top diplomat noted importance of soonest settlement of all issues related with delivery of Russian humanitarian aid convoy on the territory of Ukraine.

The Russian Foreign Ministry also confirmed that the format of a four-party meeting between foreign ministers of Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine in Berlin is being debated.

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